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Spring freshet and flooding
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Spring freshet and flooding
Spring freshet and flooding

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Spring freshets are recurring phenomena that generally do not result in significant flooding. Every year, Gatineau carefully monitors the spring freshet. Municipal departments are at the ready and mechanisms are in place to anticipate and rapidly intervene as necessary.

Everyone is responsible for their own safety. Each of you must take the initial steps for ensuring you own safety and that of your family, and for protecting your own property. It is recommended that you have an emergency kit at the ready at all times that contains the essential items each family member needs to make it through at least the first 72 hours.

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Water monitoring

Water levels may vary depending on the observation point. Water levels are provided in meters and are specific to the site indicated. Some forecasts are available on the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board Web site.

Source of data: Sécurité publique Québec and Ville de Gatineau

Stay informed – E-mail or text message (SMS) notifications

Request permits or authorization certificates

You will need an authorization certificate or a building permit if, as a result of the current flooding, you wish to do some work.

2023 authorization certificates

2023 building permits

Hydro-Québec's facilities

How Hydro-Québec's different types of facilities help reduce spring flooding

Visit the Hydro-Quebec Web site to learn more about spring flooding.

Visit the Gazifère Web site for flooding tips.

About Gatineau

Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 292,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.

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